Our farmers in the U.S. and South America aren’t just who we go to source the very best flowers possible, they’re also experts in their field, and our number one resource for all things related to flowers. Many of our farmers have decades of experience with flower fields during spring that they either learned on their own or through mentors. Now, they’re passing their knowledge along to us and giving us a little look into what harvesting spring blooms is like on their farms!
We wanted to check in with our farmers to get their thoughts on the ever-evolving farming industry and of course, flower care. We interviewed Farmer Lane of California and Farmer Gino of Ecuador to see how their farm practices compare in their respective countries.
- How do the seasons affect how you plan and grow your harvest?
Farmer Lane: Cold weather could delay the crops. On the other hand, warmer than normal temperatures can make the crop come in too early.
Farmer Gino: The seasons in Ecuador are almost identical to each other, and we plan more for nutrition and plague management rather than productivity.
- What other job do you think you would have if you weren’t a farmer?
Farmer Lane: My brother and one of my sisters went into the law profession, which fascinates me very much. I also l like preaching, so who knows.
Farmer Gino: A retired man or a movie star!
- Why do you think flowers play such an important part in people’s lives?
Farmer Lane: Flowers bring happiness and joy.
Farmer Gino: They are linked to emotion and to the details that enrich people’s lives.
- What’s is the hardest type of flower for you to grow?
Farmer Lane: Freesia. Not so much from a growing perspective, but timing freesia to flower at an exact moment is very difficult.
Farmer Gino: We only produce roses and they are hard enough!
- What’s your best-kept secret for keeping flowers alive as long as possible?
Farmer Lane: Keep them in a cool spot in the house.
Farmer Gino: Changing the vase water every three days.
- Question: Tell us a cool flower fact.
Farmer Lane: Lily bulbs are stored at low temperatures to keep them dormant, iris bulbs on the other hand are kept at high temperatures to keep them from starting to grow.
Farmer Gino: Flowers help you say what you don’t dare to say.
- Why do you love working on a flower farm? What are the challenges?
Farmer Lane: Taking a bulb, which by itself is not very attractive, and turning it into a beautiful flower is a gratifying experience.
Farmer Gino: It involves everything: agriculture, marketing, sales, international trade, finance, people, and traveling.
- How have things changed from your first year of business compared to now?
Farmer Lane: The first year of business was centered around growing, where today, it is planning and dealing with issues in a fast-paced business environment.
Farmer Gino: Mostly technology. We have made important innovations and investments in new processes and organic procedures.
- What are some improvements you are hoping to make on the farm?
Farmer Lane: Keep working on putting out the best possible product, and keep looking at ways to do it efficiently.
Farmer Gino: Improve the square/meter productivity and shorten the commercial chain.
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